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Neighbors report two instances of stolen packages

June 14th, 2016 by Mike

A neighbor reports two new instances of stolen packages today.

One is from Roosevelt Way Northeast and Northeast 103rd Street. The other is from Fifth Avenue Northeast and Northeast 85th Street.

A friendly Maple Leaf neighbor (20 blocks south) came over with my empty box, found by his house. FedEx delivered it at 1:00, and it was stolen at 2:36, according to my video camera. (Yes, I have the men on video.)

This kind neighbor’s own two packages, also delivered today, were stolen, too. I’ll be showing my video to the police tomorrow, but in the meantime, if anyone finds a brand new lovely tablecloth (paisley print, 60″ x 102″), I’d love to know!

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Wild Root salon latest Maple Leaf fixture to exit – update

May 26th, 2016 by Mike

Wild Root Salon & Spa on Roosevelt Way Northeast will be closing by mid-June.

Owner Donna Morton, who has been operating the site, at 8814 Roosevelt Way Northeast, since at least 2001, confirmed she is selling the building. (Disclosure: Donna has been cutting my hair since 2003.)

We’re waiting for further details. From Donna: (more…)

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Garage sales today!

May 21st, 2016 by Mike

Christopher emails:

I live in Maple Leaf and am having a garage sale this Saturday. I found the link on the right-hand side for the garage sales, but couldn’t find anyway to actually list one. Can you help me out navigating this?

We really need to get rid of that link. Christopher’s sale is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 544 N.E. 97th St.

Any others? Send info to tops@mapleleaflife.com

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Books for Olympic View; Cloud City coffee for bikes

May 19th, 2016 by Mike

Olympic View Elementary School is looking for good summer reads:

Olympic View Elementary is looking for gently used kids books, any reading level from just beginning to high school (we’ll take bilingual too!). Our elementary school needs help getting a book in the hands of every child to promote summer reading. Thanks in advance for supporting the kids in our community!

Student and the community will also have the opportunity to buy excellent, gently used books at inexpensive prices on the day of the sale. Proceeds go to OVPTA. The sale will be Friday, June 17th 3:45-6:30pm & Saturday June 18th from 10am-3pm at Olympic View Elementary (exact location tbd).

Books can be dropped at the school, Eighth Avenue Northeast and Northeast 95th Street.

Also, tomorrow Friday is “Bike Everywhere Day,” (which apparently arrives on the third Friday in May) and to celebrate Cloud City Coffee, at Northeast 88th Street and Roosevelt Way Northeast, is hosting a “Celebration Station.”

This year, Maple Leaf Greenways is hosting a Celebration Station at Cloud City Coffee, with coffee donated by Cloud City. If you bike to work or you’re just curious about Maple Leaf Greenways (we advocate for safer streets), we hope to see you on Friday.

We will need volunteers to set-up, hand out donuts, answer questions about Maple Leaf Greenways, and take-down. If you’d like to volunteer for one hour, email Brock Howell at brock@bikehappycascadia.com.

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We’re Number 4? Also, so long, Hudson House

May 14th, 2016 by Mike

Good news, neighbors!

Seattle Police say we’re No. 4 – in car prowls (Seattle’s most common crime).

This is GOOD news? Something north of 250 cars busted into?

Yes. Because in March, we were No. 1.

The graph above shows cars broken into between January and May 7.  Note, however, that Roosevelt/Ravenna is No. 5.

Thanks to Anthony and John for forwarding the information..

And to Lisa, for pointing out that the Hudson New American Public House, at 8014 15th Ave. N.E., is no more, as of Friday.

I noticed a handwritten sign in the window at Hudson Public House yesterday that indicated that a change in ownership/management was coming, and that today (the 13th) would be the last in the current hands.

The Collins Pub also tweeted the news: “Tonight it ends- @hudsonpub Hudson to close , transition to new owners.”

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Goodbye Waldo (also, working to get comments here back)

May 10th, 2016 by Mike

Demolition is well underway this morning at the old Waldo Hospital, soon to be an 80-unit assisted living home.

Our last post on the hospital project, at 8511 15th Ave. N.E., is here. Additional background is here and here.

Also, comments on this blog ceased working in April, while we were in Utah’s canyonlands. Our apologies.

The mother ship says it’s working on the problem, which is that all comments posted go directly into our spam folder. And looking into our 226-page spam folder (we’ve received 121 spam comments like “how to buy valtrex in korea” so far this morning, and it’s only 10:30 a.m.) depresses the human condition.

In the meantime, please to leave comments on our Facebook page. And, thanks.

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Two more plant sales – today and Saturday

May 8th, 2016 by Mike

This is the final day of the very popular Master Gardener Plant sale.

It runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the UW Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 N.E. 41st St. More information here.

Also, next Saturday is the even-closer Picardo P-Patch Plant Sale and Bake Sale, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Northeast 82nd Street and 25th Avenue Northeast.

More information here.

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GiveBIG runs into BIG web site problems

May 3rd, 2016 by Mike

3 p.m. update:

Here’s a Seattle Times piece that somewhat understates the problem.

Today is GiveBIG day, a day of charity supported by the Seattle Foundation.

Except, unlike in previous years, it’s not working.

For the thousands of people trying to support their favorite charities, the advice seems to be: Keep trying.

The Seattle Foundation’s Facebook page is filling up with comments like:

Ryan Kitchen Unfortunately, the web site isn’t slow. Its been broken all day for most non-profit donations. Love the optimism, but you guys are whistling past the graveyard on this one. More communication and remediation for all the donors who (still) can’t donate needs to happen, as well as some serious apologizing.

Natasha Dworkin I’m a marketing consultant with several clients participating in #GiveBIG. Across the boards, NONE of their pages are functional and NO donors have been able to donate. We are directing supporters to donate through organizational websites instead.

Maelyn Ritter It’s been over an hour – still no update and this post is still understating the problem – here’s a little advice from the mouth of an IT Ops person whose job is to prevent this sort of thing from ever happening….

“What the Seattle Foundation should be doing right now is putting out a statement acknowledging that this is a big issue and then getting Kimbia to publish their data metrics so people know that they are busting b*tt to fix this…a single Twitter message is a good way to anger frustrated people….you need to keep posting updates on a schedule until the problem is solved so people know you are working the issue”

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City Council votes to expand staff; Debora Juarez chases NE 130th light rail station

April 28th, 2016 by Mike

Update: The Seattle Times has an editorial column on the gold-plated Seattle City Council.

Mentions The Pronto vote, too, in the fourth graph.

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Eight of the nine Seattle City Council members voted this week to add an additional staffer per council member – potentially bringing their individual staffs to four each.

Only budget chair Tim Burgess, who said the cost will be an extra half-million dollars annually, voted “no.”

The rationale: Now that seven of the council members represent neighborhood districts, they actually have more work to do. Erica C. Barnett has a post: Council: Smaller Districts Require Larger Staffs.

From Seattle Council Insight’s piece here:

Council members Lisa Herbold and Debora Juarez, who hold district-based positions (unlike Burgess whose seat is city-wide), were the vocal proponents for the change this afternoon….

Juarez, (who represents the vast majority of Maple Leaf), took the point further, claiming that when voters passed the initiative switching the Council to seven districts, it was because “the voters wanted someone to advocate for them, while keeping in mind the greater good of the city of Seattle.” She rattled off a long list of issues she and her staff have needed to deal with in their first 100 days on the job, saying “you can’t expect three people to be expert in all that.”

Burgess disagreed. From The Seattle Times:

Council members in similarly sized U.S. cities with district council members have only one to three aides, according to a 2014 report by the City Auditor, Burgess noted, mentioning Austin, Boston, Denver, Jacksonville, Fla., Oakland and San Francisco.

The Times story is here (including the information that in addition to council-member aides, the council is supported by more than 20 shared “central staff” policy analysts).

Meanwhile, Juarez continues to prioritize pushing for another light rail station at Northeast 130th Street.

In two separate emails yesterday she issued a “130th Street Station Call to Action.”

If we are going to see some an amendment to the Draft ST3 Plan we need you to write in and tell the Sound Transit leadership that we need a commitment to build the 130th Street Station!

I am not sitting around hoping there will be a change, I am out here pushing every button and looking for all the possible ways to get North Seattle what it needs.

She’ll be at the Sound Transit board meeting this afternoon, 1:30 at 401 S Jackson St., and wants you to be there, too.

Here’s her full post, including a suggested letter to send Sound Transit.

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Maple Leaf gets new restaurant next week, replacing Cafe Piccolo

April 27th, 2016 by Mike

Cafe Piccolo, which closed in February, is being replaced next week by a second location of Capitol Hill’s Americana.

Cucina Americana’s Facebook page (and menu) is here. It features tapas, pasta and entrees.

On its web site, it states:

During his search for a new Americana location in Seattle, executive chef Jeffrey “Cheffrey” Wilson discovered a charming Italian restaurant in the Maple Leaf neighborhood. Its cozy vibe and local feel made it the perfect spot for his new restaurant. Cheffrey was inspired by the atmosphere and menu so much that he decided to put an Italian twist on his new venture, and thus Cucina Americana was born! The menu is inspired by home cooked, rustic Italian cuisine. It puts an Italian twist on American comfort food.

The restaurant is set to open Monday, May 2nd, at 9400 Roosevelt Way Northeast (although the sign on the door offers dinner Tuesday through Saturday).

In other restaurant news, the now-defunct Ying’s Chinese Drive-in at Lake City Way Northeast and Northeast 85th Street, will apparently be replaced by a location of The Growler Guys, according to an email from Vivian and posts on Nextdoor Northgate/Maple Leaf.

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It’s plant sale time!

April 26th, 2016 by Mike

Here come  the spring plant sales!

* This Friday and Saturday Olympic View Elementary School holds its 15th annual plant sale at the school, Fifth Avenue Northeast and Northeast 95th Street.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on April 29th and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m on April 30th.

Nathan Hale High School’s spring plant sale is the following week, at 11051 34th Ave. N.E.

And the annual Master Gardner sale is May 7th and 8th, with a preview on May 6th, at the UW’s Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 N.E. 41st St.

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That crash on Lake City Way N.E.

April 25th, 2016 by Mike

The car-pedestrian accident that’s taken up most of the afternoon.

From Seattle Police:

Detectives are investigating after a 33-year-old man was struck by a truck along Lake City Way Northeast today.

Officers were dispatched to Lake City Way NE and 18th Avenue Northeast after a caller reported a large commercial truck hit a man along Lake City Way NE just before 2:30 P.M.

Officers arrived and found the man with life-threatening head injuries lying in the road. Seattle Fire Department Medics transported the man to Harborview Medical Center for treatment.

Detectives are now speaking with witnesses and the driver, who is cooperating with investigators. Traffic collision detectives will continue to investigate this incident and make a final the determination of cause.

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Police, crime, north Seattle, Debora Juarez

April 24th, 2016 by Mike

After two shootings on Saturday, Seattle Police this weekend announced they are stepping up patrols using overtime and reassigned officers.

But not here.

The announcement, originally posted to Nextdoor, (where it had a mixed response), states:

Chief Kathleen O’Toole has directed the Seattle Police Operations and Investigations Bureaus to accelerate summer staffing deployment levels in an ongoing effort to deter and prevent gun violence. Starting tonight, Seattle residents can expect to see extra police officers in neighborhoods, nightlife districts and hotspots detailed in our SeaStat crime analysis reports.

(Credit to whoever runs SeaStat for this extremely un-Seattleish language.)

However, The Seattle Times has a story specifying the patrols will go  elsewhere.

The areas targeted include central Seattle, Second Avenue and Yesler Way, and South Seattle, Chief Kathleen O’Toole said in an interview Saturday. Both plainclothes and uniformed officers will be deployed in neighborhoods with shooting hot spots.

She noted that each precinct has its unique problems; the North Precinct has endured a rash of property crimes recently.

“We have made a lot of arrests and recovered a lot of property. Now in other neighborhoods, we are concerned about shots fired.”

The map shows property crimes reported to police in Maple Leaf since April 1.

Also in the Times, and speaking of north Seattle:

* Councilwoman Debora Juarez, elected to represent north Seattle, continues her quest for another light rail station at Northeast 130th Street.

I RAN for Seattle City Council because I was tired of North Seattle being ignored in citywide and regional matters….

The Northeast 130th Street station was given a “provisional” designation in the Sound Transit 3 draft plan, with zero guaranteed funding and no targeted completion date. All the ongoing community efforts came to a screeching halt. Once again, North Seattle was ignored.

Her op-ed in the Times is here.

* In today’s paper: “RAVE to Recology CleanScapes and Seattle Public Utilities for providing 50 Little Free Libraries to Lake City, Northgate, Pinehurst, Maple Leaf and Victory Heights as a reward for good recycling.”

Hang on a minute. We’re paying for this?

Yes.

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Maple Leaf Community Council REALLY needs members

April 21st, 2016 by Mike

On the Maple Leaf Community Council - the elected body that represents our neighborhood – five of the c0uncil’s nine positions will soon be vacant.

That news came in the newsletter distributed this weekend – yet it’s scarcely news.

We wrote about it here, in January, and here, a year ago.

The election is at the council’s general meeting, 7-9 p.m. April 27th at Olympic View Elementary School, 504 N.E. 95th St.

From our earlier post:

The community council has a long and honored history representing our neighborhood. We’ve written about it before:

“The Maple Leaf of today did not just happen but instead reflects hundreds of volunteer hours dedicated on behalf of the Maple Leaf neighborhood.”

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Two Maple Leaf bars on Times list

April 16th, 2016 by Mike

Disappearing dive bars? Our news partner The Seattle Times has a piece on funky neighborhood bars that are slowly becoming extinct.

Two that remain in Maple Leaf are The Rez (the Reservoir Tavern, 8509 Roosevelt Way N. E.) and the Old 5th Avenue Tavern, 8507 Fifth Avenue N. E.

The full story is here .

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